Archive | August, 2011

Central Park- Laneway plan grows from heritage-listed alley

16 Aug

Kelsey Munro Urban Affairs, August 15, 2011

THE developer of the former brewery site at Broadway has engaged a Sydney architect to turn a crumbling, heritage-listed alley near Central Station into a bustling Melbourne-style laneway precinct.

Kensington Street runs south from Broadway along the boundary of the brewery site and is lined with vacant, heritage-listed terraces and brewery administration buildings, some home to artists’ studios.

The street is book-ended with two great Art-Deco pubs- at the east the County Clare.

As it looked in the fifties, note the tram lines and clear road.

And on the western end by this robust specimen (love the stumpy concrete awning)…

Architect Tim Greer, who oversaw the reinvention of Eveleigh Carriageworks and the award-winning Paddington Reservoir Gardens, is running the project, which he said will provide a threshold zone between lower-rise, old city blocks and the towering new residential precinct.

Frasers Property’s chief executive officer, Guy Pahor, said the Melbourne laneway concept was apposite for what will be renamed Kensington Lane. ”This has a lot of parallels in terms of the scale,” he said, ”but also in what we intend to do with it, which is provide a rich diversity of uses which may include small eclectic retail outlets, cafes, possibly small book stores, possibly a boutique hotel and student accommodation.

”The restoration of the old Clare Hotel and the Fosters administration building is part of that mix.”

Mr Pahor said the developer was investing in the laneway because it believed the success of Central Park, the residential component, would depend on the quality of the public spaces delivered around it.

Brewery workers on their smoko break, some years ago.

Mr Greer said: ”[Kensington Lane] has some very significant remnant heritage buildings and also a lot of missing teeth which are ripe for new contemporary buildings.”

Frasers Property expects to put a detailed proposal for the laneway to planning authorities next year.

The building site yesterday.

The completed project, showing the “central park” open space.

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Update on Haymarket Metro Plaza

10 Aug

This cleverly resolved residential development in the Haymarket Special Area designed by WMK Watermark achieved City of Sydney DA approval in less than a year.

WMK Watermark won the City of Sydney sanctioned Design Competition for this undeveloped site run by the Developer, Metroland.


Located in the heart of Haymarket, the $80M Metro Plaza mixed use development captures the area’s social and architectural diversity. Through design excellence this innovative design was awarded 10% bonus floor area and 10% bonus height by the City of Sydney.


WMK Watermark’s design incorporates varied architectural elements, with each of the two 14 storey towers expressing their own personality, while ingenious planning maximises sun access and views. The treatment of the remnant heritage wall enhances the urban scale of the Ultimo Rd/Quay St corner and the podium design incorporates a diagonal pedestrian link.


Quick facts:

•218 apartments

•9,000sqm of retail

•Tri-generation electricity

•33% greater sun access than SEPP65

•30% greater natural ventilation than SEPP65

•Telescoping of plant and car park ventilation

•5 Star Nabers and Greenstar Residential and Retail design

•Meets City of Sydney 2030 energy targets